Navajo Nation Council Spring Session Starts Monday

Apr 14, 2013

Navajo lawmakers are gathering in Window Rock on Monday for the start of their spring session.

Among the items they'll consider is a lease extension for the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station in Page.

The Tribal Council has been divided on whether to approve a 25-year lease for the power plant that will expire in 2044. The agreement would increase annual payments to the Navajo Nation from $3 million to more than $40 million a year.

The plant's operator, Salt River Project, says securing the lease extension is just one of many challenges facing the power plant.

Tribal lawmakers are scheduled to take up less than a dozen bills during the session.

They will formally adopt the agenda on Monday and then hear reports from the tribal president and council speaker.